New Southwest Florida Co-op coordinator to help expand solar

By Ben Delman on January 16, 2018
Julia Herbst

Solar United Neighbors is excited to welcome Julia Herbst to our team. She will work in the St. Petersburg area to help residents go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights.

“I’m ready to bring more solar to the Sunshine State.” Herbst said. “We will do this by fostering community networks to help St. Pete residents build a clean distributed energy system.”

Her passion for clean energy began while working in Pennsylvania coal regions. Through water quality, landscape, and community service experiences, she learned the power of education and local action in environmental change.

Solar is booming in Southwest Florida. Nearly 150 homes have gone solar in the past year through local solar co-ops. Herbst looks forward to launching several new co-ops in the region in the coming months working with local partners such as the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg area and the City of St. Petersburg.